I’ve already covered all the places to eat in Newport, Rhode Island, but what else can you do in this charming town? The answer is: a lot. It’s a great place if you prefer low-key nights of shopping or if you’re more outdoors-y and prefer boating or hiking.
Here are some activities to do while you’re in Newport, Rhode Island and the surrounding towns.
Visit Beavertail State Park
This park (which includes a lighthouse and museum) is located in Jamestown, Rhode Island. We had to travel through Jamestown to get to Newport, so this was a stop we made on our way into Newport.
It’s a small state park with a lighthouse, a small museum, and a tiny aquarium (it’s really just 10 tanks of fish and turtles – it’s probably only worth checking out if you have little ones). You can walk along the trails and cliffs, go fishing, or just take in the scenery of the ocean.
Go on a Mansion Tour
You could do guided tours, but we did the self-guided ones. You walk in and get a headset with a tablet or phone attached and you can walk through the rooms and listen to the history at your own pace. We went mid-week to try to avoid peak tourist season, which I think helped. Only one of the five places was really crowded. Parking was easily available for all and there were signs to make everything easy.
- Marble House – Gorgeous marble throughout the mansion. Check out the backyard and the Chinese Tea House, too!
- The Elms
- The Breakers – This was the largest and most robust of the mansions.
- Green Animals Topiary Garden – This is an outdoor topiary garden with shrubs in all sorts of fun shapes (dinosaurs, chairs, and more). The gardens themselves are beautiful too, with tons of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and more. You likely won’t spend more than 30 minutes here though, and is it a bit of a drive away from the other mansions (which are all within 5 minutes of one another).
You can see a more in-depth review of all the mansions here in my previous blog post.
Do The Cliff Walk
Stop by the International Tennis Hall of Fame
We popped our heads in to The International Tennis Hall of Fame to see what it looked like, but didn’t have time to make a formal stop. If you’re into tennis history, it may be worth a visit. It’s also just really gorgeous to look at – the greenery is amazing and the grounds are very well-kept.
Visit a Brewery or Winery
Hit Up a Beach
We didn’t go to a beach this time around, but when I visited Newport back in college we did. There are a few to choose from – they’re not as nice or large as beaches in NJ, but they’re good for some time in the sun or a quick swim. This is a good breakdown of the various beaches and their locations/costs.